Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Meet Gert.

I've been extremely busy lately!!

This is why:
She is a mini pig! She weighs about 7 pounds! Love her. Now that it is summer I feel like have NOTHING to do. Not going to lie- I LOVE it! Here is a list of things I am looking forward to this summer:

1) Teaching pre-k summer school two weeks in June
2) Heading to Florida for 7 days-
3) Going on two float trips here!
4) Relaxing in the pond on my pool floatie.
5) Hitting up numerous Cardinals games in the Lou!
6) Visiting Tulsa this weekend with the boy
Just a little fyi I wrote this post from my cell phone in the middle of no where Missouri. Im sitting in a lawn chair seriously in a field to get service. With this in mind please excuse any errors;) what are your summer plans? Hopefully getting away from the classroom for a short bit to save your sanity!! As much as I miss working already-lets all admit we don't miss grading papers! Have a great Wednesday

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Today I received an e-mail from a foster parent of one of my most special students that explains exactly why I wake up each morning to drive the 35 miles to work.

You were the perfect fit and were both loving and strong. You will always be remembered by us for your gift of teaching and how well you showed Brandon kindness.

Exactly why I have the most special job in the whole entire world:)
I hope your school year was as equally as blessed as mine and you made a difference in the life of at least one student. I'm hoping I did!
Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Self Checking and Editing

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It's official. I've check out of third grade and onto summer after this weekend. Luckily I only have 3 1/2 days of school left and a small detailed list of things I need to accomplish before then. With that in mind I want to share what one of my main focuses was this year... SELF CHECKING!

I really strive to try to teach students to self check their work and become more....lets say responsible for their answers as well as their writing. I'd like to say that I think I did a pretty good job however next year I already know I need to take the bull by the horns a tad bit earlier. I really need to reinforce the concept of double checking your work before you turn it in as well as rereading to make sure things make sense.

In my building we have a writing teacher who comes every other Wednesday for about 30 minutes. She works on things according to grade level expectations and does a lot of preparation in writing for our state wide testing. One of the greatest things I learned from her this year was teaching children the purpose of their writing so that they would understand why the little details are so important. Every time she visited she would ask the students who is going to read your writing and why are they going to read it? She made the the students in my class feel as if their writing was important even if they wrote one sentence answers on a line! They loved it!

Some things we talked about
*I need good hand writing SO my friends and teacher can read it.
*I need to spell things correctly SO it will make sense to others.
*I need to use periods SO my reader will do when to stop reading.

It turned into not necessarily giving orders to kids saying you must do this you must do that but more of "well if we can't understand it then its kinda useless" (maybe that is too harsh?) but in reality if you are writing and no one can determine what the heck you are talking about then why bother... right?
I thought it was genius and hey maybe I'm clueless but without giving detailed examples to our students on WHY these things are important WHY are they going to care? It is common sense isn't it? And now that I've found it I'm ecstatic to incorporate this into my teaching next fall.

I hope you take this to mind and can get your kids as excited about writing (even short answer questions) as my kiddos were. What are some strategies you use in your room to help kids understand WHY we do what we do? I'd love to hear other ideas!

Here are some awesome editing and checking things I've found!
Writing Assessment Checklist
Color Editing
Rainbow Checking
COPS Poster Freebie

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Thanks for reading! 3 1/2 days until freedom!! What are some ways you ensure your kiddos have self-checked their writing? What do you use? Please share!! If you like this post please vote for us! Click on the link below and find MissThirdGrade by hitting "CTRL (then) F" then type in MissThirdGrade! Thanks:)
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Monday, May 7, 2012

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Rainy Days Blues!

It is a crummy ol' rainy day here in Missouri and we are pretty much over third grade and ready to move onto fourth grade!! We have 12 days of school left...Where does the time go? Since it is raining we are doing some rainy day activities! Rain Editing
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We also wrote rainy day stories!
We started by copying this pattern onto blue paper! to look like this:
and wrote our stories!
If you are feeling extra exited about the rain you can go here and download "Waddle We Do If It Rains?" how stinking cute?? Speaking of rain! We had some crazy storms last weekend while driving through East STL IL! We hit a tornado! The windshield in the vehicle I was in cracked from hail damage while we were driving trying to drive and I thought we were seriously going to die. Here is some entertaining evidence!
But with rain always comes the rainbow right?
We always rainbow write our spelling words every week too! And how nifty is this rainbow word wall?
Plus our clip chart!!
And for fun
Is it pathetic that the highlight of the weekend is that it is the city wide garage sell event? I'm in the market for books! Cross your fingers for us! I've been out of town the past 5 weekends! I can't wait to relax.
Miss Janes